Today’s political law links

THE SUPREMES AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE. BW. “Here are some highlights or—depending on your opinion of the heavy-spending industrialist Koch brothers on the right, or money-where-his-mouth-is climate activist Tom Steyer on the left—lowlights…”

R REFORMERS. “A University of Minnesota law professor and a political consultant who’s worked on five Republican presidential campaigns – both alumni of the George W. Bush administration – launched a campaign finance reform group Wednesday tilted toward the conservative point of view.”

FREE TO LOBBY.  NLJ.  “Since Jan. 1, 22 onetime Hill denizens have finished their ‘cooling-off’  periods, which barred them from lobbying Congress for up to two years after they left the legislative branch’s payroll.”

CA: CHAIR REAPPOINTED. “Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed Jodi Remke chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, his office said Tuesday.”

CT: SENTENCING DELAY. WFSB. “Lisa Wilson-Foley was supposed to be sentenced earlier this week, but a federal judge pushed it back to Jan. 20.”

NC: FOCUS ON ETHICS. News and Observer. “Blue and House Democratic Leader Larry Hall of Durham said legislation would be introduced to ban outside earned income, including deferred compensation, for elected state officials, and require more detailed disclosure of financial interests, similar to federal reporting requirements.”

SC: FOCUS ON ETHICS. Post and Courier. “In her 10-minute inaugural address from the south steps of the Statehouse, Haley left little doubt that she hoped ethics reform would be among the legacies of her final four years as governor.”

VA:  MISSING FUNDS.  WP.  “Federal officials are investigating the theft of more than $600,000 from the campaign account of Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, the Fairfax Democrat disclosed Wednesday.”

VT: FIRST COMMITTEE. “The Vermont House is expected to appoint its first-ever ethics committee this week, according to House Speaker Shap Smith (D-Morristown).”


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